Hello everyone, I just bought my lovely long tailed betta "Hemsworth" about a month ago. He's been a real friendly little dude ever since I got him, seemed to like me a whole lot. He'd come to meet me when I walked by, blew bubble nests, flared his fins at me when I put my finger up to the glass, and ate every thing I gave him.
All of this was while he was in this 1L tiramasu bowl, so I figured if he's going fine is so little water, I'll put him in a bigger 1 gallon bowl. He was doing pretty good! Still eating, making bubbles... Until we had a really bad cold snap. I live in Calgary (the one in Alberta, Canada) and it was 20 Celsius for the day, but then over night it snowed (I know right), and when I went to feed Hemsworth?... Clamped finned, not moving, not eating, no bubbles, SO not impressed with live.
Thus begins my adventure of figuring out What's Eating Hemsworth Grape (preferably not literally.)
Since that fateful morning I have:
Cleaned out his bowl, awkwardly warmed his bowl with a 10 year old heating fan in order to keep him warm until I got a mini tank heater, then got him a mini tank heater... The heater will not stick to the side of the bowl because of the curve, so I stuffed it flat in to the rocks only to find him burring himself underneath. I lifted it upright to avoid it falling on it's own and crushing him.
Otherwise he's no longer cramped-finned and lethargic, but he's still not eating and he's not greeting me anymore; he's freaking out and making a few laps every time I walk by ad then actually hiding behind his plant away from me. I know bettas can go awhile with out food, especially if they're in smaller areas, but I have been so stressed over it my boyfriend is losing his
For now I've put a piece of neutral coloured cloth around the bowl, because I have a feeling seeing us walk by is one of the reasons he's so extra stressed.
I DO plan on moving him to a tank with a proper heater and filter installed, but that won't be until my oldest sister moves to San Fran in June.
What I need to know is, is my little dude gonna be alright for those two months? Water/food details below!
- Water is conditioned with Seachem Water Conditioner, left to sit for 24 hours before I actually integrate it into the water.
- Food includes a combo of BettaMin Tropical Medley Flakes and (HBH?) Betta Bites granules. (I switch back and forth)
- Water is currently holding at 80F, though even though it has been cleaned out a squick there is a residue on top, however I recall that happening a lot with my sister's betta.
- Bowl holds up to 1 Gallon, though I leave 3 inches at the top in case he gets any bold ideas (though I don't think he has the grit right now )